Researchers cite ‘dramatic’ increase in CT scans for kids
By John Nesgoda | TechTruthandRumors.com
Of all the kids who go to emergency rooms in the U.S., about 6 percent are there because of stomach pains, according to researchers analyzing a large national database.
And while that 6 percent rate has held steady over the past decade, with anywhere from 2 percent to 8 percent being diagnosed with appendicitis (the number fluctuated without any clear pattern), the percentage of kids getting CT scans has jumped from 0.9 percent to 15.4 percent between 1998 and 2008, the researchers wrote in the current issue of the journal Pediatrics.
“That is basically saying for every six or seven kids that go to the ER for bellyache, one is going to get a CT scan,” Dr. Jahan Fahimi, an emergency physician at the University of California, San Francisco, who led the new work, told Reuters Health.
Fahimi added that while the risk of a CT scan causing cancer is largely unknown, “I tell my patients that the CT scan I do today has a chance of causing cancer at some point down the road. That risk may be one in 500, it may be one in 1,000, but it’s not zero.”
A report from 2009 found that the rate of CT scans in adults was up fourfold over the previous 15 years, with as many as 2 percent of cancers being attributed to radiation during CT scans.
Meanwhile, the rate of other imaging techniques on children, such as x-rays and ultrasounds, has not changed. CT scans, or computed tomography scans, can cost several hundred dollars, and were more frequently performed on insured children.
Fahimi said the rise in CT scan use could be related to doctors protecting themselves from malpractice lawsuits that can result from not identifying appendicitis, although this would not explain why the rate of ultrasounds, which can also diagnose appendicitis, did not rise.
Article from: techtruthandrumors.com
Dental X-rays linked to brain tumours: U.S. study
Avoid These 68 Airports If You Don’t Want An X-Ray Body Scan
Parents Defend 7-Year-Old’s Medical Marijuana Use
The drugs don’t work: a modern medical scandal
Medical Tattoos Offer Important Health Information
Medical scans can give nuclear-plant radiation doses
How the American Medical Association Got Rich
Mental health burden greater than all cancers combined: Report
At least 50 African children paralyzed after receiving Bill Gates-backed meningitis vaccine
Flu vaccine backlash: 800 children in Europe develop narcolepsy after swine flu vaccine
"Incredibly rare" thyroid abnormalities found in 40% of Fukushima children indicates really high dose of radiation
The Army’s secret Cold War experiments on citizens, children
How China and US ’secretly tested genetically modified golden rice on children’
CT Scans in Children: Benefit and Risks
Latest News from our Front Page
Facebook completes first drone flight above UK, Mark Zuckerberg confirms
Solar powered drones which provide internet access to rural and remote areas have been trialled in UK for first time by Facebook.
They â€śhave a wingspan greater than a Boeing 737 but will weigh less than a carâ€ť, according to the social network's chief Mark Zuckerberg.
The drones, developed by Somerset-based company Ascenta which Facebook bought last March, will beam down laser-guided ...
300 Young English Girls (and a few Boys) Groomed and Assaulted by Oxfordshire "Gangs," Report Finds
Editor's note: This story is a few days old now but the echoes of Rotherham just keeps coming. A few weeks ago there was Halifax, now Britain proudly can add Oxfordshire to their line up of diversity success stories.
Below is the story from the telegraph:
Serious case review finds failings by police and social services as it identifies hundreds of victims
British POW describes the horror of the bombing of Dresden
Partial Transcript of Interview with Victor Gregg, WW2 British solder and POW:
Interviewer: "Tell us how it was that you were in Dresden at that time."
Victor Gregg: "It was evil....thousands of firebombs dropping all over the place, heat, fire, people screaming, people burning, people alight. After about half an hour it started developing into something that was really bad....It was ...
Rape of 285,000 German Women at the End of WWII Trigger Damage Control by Mainstream Media
Is Exposing Allied War Crimes an honorable act? No, itâ€™s slandering heroes according to Daily Mail
A recent article from the Daily Mail that pretends to look at the post WWII crimes and rapes of the Allies against the German people is actually damage control. Itâ€™s really an attempt to divert away from the true horrors that was visited upon Germany ...
Minister of Migration attacked by asylum seeker with fire extinguisher
Swedenâ€™s Minister of Justice & Migration also known as Morgan â€śonly 1%â€ť Johansson, has been attacked with a fire extinguisher when he visited an asylum home for future Swedes.
Regional newspaper, Kristiandstadsbladet reported that a man who had been living at the home for a couple of weeks grabbed a fire extinguisher and sprayed foam all over the minister who didnâ€™t ...
|More News » |